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The government has announced an extra £2.1 billion worth of funding to help the country prepare for a no-deal Brexit.

The move, announced by chancellor Sajid Javid, means the government has now committed more than £4bn to no-deal preparations so far this year.

Mr Javid said the extra cash would be used to hire more border force officers and improve infrastructure at key ports. With some of the money allocated to easing traffic congestion in Kent and delays at border ports, ensuring smooth running of the UK's import and export hubs are central to the plans.

The money will also be used to help stockpile medicines to ensure supplies continue post-Brexit, and a national support programme for businesses.

Announcing the funding, Mr Javid said: "With 92 days until the UK leaves the European Union it's vital that we intensify our planning to ensure we are ready.

"We want to get a good deal that abolishes the anti-democratic backstop. But if we can't get a good deal, we'll have to leave without one.

"This additional £2.1bn will ensure we are ready to leave on 31 October - deal or no-deal."

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell described it as a "waste of taxpayers' cash" and said the funding was "all for the sake of Boris Johnson's drive towards a totally avoidable no-deal".

He added: "This government could have ruled out no-deal and spent these billions on our schools, hospitals, and people.

"Labour is a party for the whole of the UK, so we'll do all we can to block a no-deal, crash-out Brexit."